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The genus Vaccinium includes upwards of 450 species which occur in cool temperate regions and mountains of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Many are deciduous or evergreen shrubs with edible fruits including blueberries, buckberries, huckleberries, farkleberry, cranberry, whortleberry, crowberry, and bilberry.
Velvet-Leaf or Canada Blueberry
A deciduous, dwarf, rhizomatous shrub native across Canada and into the Northwest Territories. The stems and undersides of the leaves are covered with fine, velvety hairs. Flowers are bell-shaped, white, tinged-pink. These are followed by bright, frosty to dark-blue, usually glaucous berries. Seed wild collected in Nova Scotia.
Most commercially grown fruit is processed as pie filling or is used in muffin mixes. Lesser amounts are used to make wine, juice, or freeze-dried products. This very cold-hardy species has potential for breeding blueberry strains suited to northern climates. Also, its affinity for mineral soil also suggests it may be useful for breeding plants adapted to upland sites.
Germination is over a long period at warm.
30 seeds $4.25
"In the valley and low land close by the river and facing the sun are plenty of cranberries, one can gather those of the last year and those of this year upon the same shrub." (Journal of Alexander Mackenzie July 18, 1798).
A small, evergreen subshrub native to northern North America, Europe and Asia growing in fens and bogs. Its slender stems are prostrate and root at the nodes along the ground. Leaves are lance-shaped and leathery. The beautiful pink to red flowers are like miniature shooting stars. Fruit is a red, juicy berry; often persisting through winter. The tart berries are closely related to V. macrocarpon (Large Cranberry) and have a very good flavor. They are used to make jams, jellies and sauces. Commercial cultivation of Small Cranberry is not as widespread in North America as it is in Europe and Russia. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
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